Following testimonies, POWER! leaders presented five Economic Justice Principles the organization wants to see incorporated into legislation - first covering Airport jobs, but eventually covering all jobs created with city subsidy or support. The Principles include hiring preferences, targeted training and recruitment programs, and a commitment to ensure unemployed Philadelphians get hired. POWER!
The $6 billion Airport Expansion project, which will be financed in part by municipal bonds, state and federal funds, and airport fees, is projected to bring more than 100,000 jobs to the Philadelphia region over the next several decades.
So far, five Philadelphia City Councilpersons have heeded POWER!’s call to co-sponsor legislation to give preference to Philadelphia residents on jobs and economic opportunities created by the Airport expansion and other publicly-subsidized projects. With the support of Councilpersons Mark Squilla, Kenyatta Johnson, James Kenney, Bill Green, and Curtis Jones, POWER! is hoping to maintain momentum as it seeks support from the rest of Council.
POWER! is comprised of more than 40, inter-faith congregations in the city of Philadelphia that have joined forces to bring about change and economic justice. For more information about POWER! or to learn more about tonight’s forum with members of Philadelphia City Council POWER! congregations go to www.powerphiladelphia.org or call (215) 232-7697. All media inquiries should be directed to Leslie Patterson-Tyler via email at Leslie@TylerMadePR.com or cell phone (609) 247-2632.
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